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US Patent: 4,034,473
Suture Cutter
Edwin A. May - Ridgewood, NJ

USPTO Classifications:
30/181, 606/138, 606/174

Tool Categories:
trade specific : surgeon

International Paper Company - New York, NY

Not known to have been produced

none listed

Patent Dates:
Applied: Dec. 23, 1975
Granted: Jul. 12, 1977

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This application is a continuation-in-part of Copending Application Ser. No. 313,699 filed Dec. 11, 1972 now abandoned.


A suture cutter for cutting a suture in a slicing action including a first arm having a free end insertable under a suture and an elongated portion extending at an obtuse angle to the free end, and second arm having a free end and an elongated portion manually movable toward the elongated portion of the first arm, the elongated portions of both arms forming a handle for grasping the suture cutter. A straight edge cutting blade is attached to the free end of the second arm so that the cutting edge of the blade is at an angle to the elongated portion of the second arm ensuring a slicing cutting action on the suture when the suture cutter is operated without a resilient flexing of the second arm.

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